Osun Govt Empowers Youths In Tailoring

By Sola Jacobs

Government of the State of Osun has made another landmark in human capital and economic development through the empowerment of youths in entrepreneurship project, tailored to preserve vintage Yoruba tailoring called, Ijinle.

The Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola represented by his Special Adviser on Enterprise and Wealth Creation, Mr Ademola Akintoyese at the launch of Ijinle, held in Lagos recently, said the programme was created to empower youths, create jobs and provide a platform for the younger generation to appreciate the beauty in the eroding Yoruba culture.

Narrating the genesis of Ijinle, the Governor said, it was born out of passion for sustainability and preservation of heritage and traditional clothing sewn in modern styles.

He noted that 15 youths were selected from the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) to get intensive training from legendary Kabiru Durojaye, a 56-year-old veteran tailor and custodian of authentic Yoruba wears and craftsmanship for over 30 years, supported by Ms. Muinat Atunnise of Atunnise Clothiers as project manager, and that the training will be for 5 months.

The Governor added that the trainees through the internship will fuse both old and contemporary attires for older and younger generations, and serve a bigger market, while the government would facilitate business development services of the trainees to a viable production cluster.

According to him, relevant agencies with the help of the facilitators will use manpower and enterprise to generate income for the state.

He further added that the government plans to establish the successfully selected trainees from various local government areas of the state, in different locations to continue to create beautiful works locally, nationally and internationally, while also generating income for the state and themselves.

In his goodwill message, the OYES Commandant, Col. Enibukun Oyewole (rtd) while charging the trainees to utilize the skills being taught judiciously, reiterated that there is power in skills and being an OYES cadet is a plus in life-based on the level of experience they have garnered.

He stated that 42,000 OYES cadets have participated in the scheme and he congratulated the selected cadets for the Ijinle project, urging them not to waste the knowledge passed to them, but build on it, pass it down, have good entrepreneurial skill, keep to time of delivery to customers and above all, not disappoint the Governor of the State for investing in them.

Oyewole commended the governor for the giant stride accomplished in the empowerment of youths in the state in line with his Six Points Integral Action Plan.

It would be recalled that in 2012, as part of the efforts to revamp the textile industry, the state government partnered Sam and Sara Company to establish Omoluabi Garment factory, to produce international standard clothing and uniform for state-owned public schools students.

Empowerment Programmes: The Tale Of Two Senators By Adeboye Adebayo

 

Empowerment programmes, people call it poverty alleviation programmes that is meant to empower the vulnerable class of the society to be self sufficient, self reliant, self confident and live a sustainable life devoid of joblessness and begging for them to be self dependent like it is embedded in the life more abundant policy of the late sage; Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo of blessed memory.

 

In the present society, empowerment programmes has become a political tool in the hands of politicians, old & young, including myself to seek favour of the classless class of the society to achieve our goals in getting to a political office or to be relevant while in the office.

 

In as much as some unscrupulous political elements want to bastardize the so called political tool, it has remained a viable way of genuinely getting our people across the poverty line and that has contributed in no small measure to the recent ranking of the State of Osun as the 2nd wealthiest state in the country under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola through the numerous empowerment and poverty alleviation programmes & policies of his administration, of many state and federal lawmakers in our great party; APC and many of our Governorship aspirants which has indeed progressively changed the classless class of many of our people in the State of Osun.

 

But of note is two events that went viral in pictures, testimonies and video last weekend on social media where two Senators had empowerment programmes for their constituents in different qualities, quantities, contents and for different reasons.

 

Distinguished Senator Babajide Omoworare representing the good people of Osun East Senatorial at the weekend constructively empowered over 100 people from Ijesha land by training them how to manufacture some of our daily used products like soaps, cake, candles, perfumes, deodorants and other daily used products. The over 100 people were trained to manufacture the products, they were given materials needed for the manufacturing of those products, they were given needed kits to start on their own and money to kick start their businesses.

 

With this, they have become producers of daily needed products within their environment with a very big room for expansion and improvement.  They individually can also become employers of two or three labourers or more each based on how well they can develop themselves and Osun people, trust us, we know how to make fortune from little opportunities since we have all naturally and practically become Omoluabi courtesy Aregbesola.

 

With this long lasting gestures from Distinguished Senator Babajide Omoworare, these 100 women can feed themselves, buy their cloths without waiting for any politician to give them rice or Ankara, they can pay their rent and send their children to schools.

 

Also at the weekend, a video become viral on the internet where another “Dinstinguished” Senator Iyiola Omisore; an impeached deputy governor in the then Osun state was distributing a bundle of 5 yards Ankara and 2000 naira to Osun women in the name of empowerment. In as much as I don’t to refer to the past when the same man was sharing “rices” on air, I want to say with high level of responsibility that this is an insult on the personality of women in the State of Osun, they are virtuous women for God’s sake that have dignity and command respect, it is absurd and very irresponsible for “Distinguished” Senator Omisore to be insulting them by taking advantage of their current situation of vulnerability  asking them to line up and be giving them 2000 naira whereas his colleague constructively empowered them and taught them how to fish for the rest of their life.

 

In comparing the two scenarios, it is deduced that the PDP & its members in Osun have still not learnt their lessons, they lack basic idea of how to govern people by providing critical infrastructures and enabling environment for business to thrive and bring about flourishing home grown economic developments which will encourage our people to contribute willingly to the growth of the state by paying their taxes as it is under the current administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

 

Whereas Osun APC through the initiative and benevolence of Distinguished Senator Babajide Omoworare has shown that we are really the progressive party that respect people especially women and the vulnerable, we don’t insult them by sharing ” rices” or Ankara or 2000 naira notes but we encourage them, give them necessary infrastructure, create enabling environment, support them with training and necessary facilities to stand on their own and become employers of labour in line with the thought of our father, our leader; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu when he says “Our vision must be geared towards improving the living conditions of our people and we must encourage them to conquer poverty ”.

 

Osun APC through Babajide Omoworare has done just that over the weekend while Iyiola Omisore insulted the ever hardworking, diligent and resilient Osun Women.

 

Adeboye Adebayo is the National Publicity Secretary of Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation; AGF, Leader of Youths and a Raufist to the core.